A RETURN IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
THE return of Mary Poppins to the big screen brings some muchneeded magic to the world in uncertain times. That’s the view of the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, which opened in South African cinemas yesterday. More than 50 years after Julie Andrews won over children, and adults, around the world with her portrayal of the strict but kind nanny, she’s back to help the nowgrown-up Michael and Jane Banks in their time of need. Set 20 years after the original, it introduces audiences to Michael’s children. British actress Emily Blunt said of PL Travers’ iconic character: “She has a lot of relevance for people around the world when things feel rather fragile. She’s a great unifier.” Co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda added: “Mary Poppins doesn’t come along when everything’s OK. Mary Poppins comes along when there’s trouble. I feel like the world is in a scary time and it’s a movie the world needs right now.” – Reuters. Nathanael Saleh plays John Banks, alongside Pixie Davies as Annabel Banks and Joel Dawson as Georgie Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. David Warner is Admiral Boom and Jim Norton is Binnacle in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. Dick van Dyke has a cameo role in Mary Poppins Returns, and Angela Lansbury is the Balloon Lady in the Disney movie.